November 2, 2008: Copernicus ends a long self-imposed hiatus, as he quarantines a 13-piece ensemble of risk-taking musicians for a marathon studio session in illustrious Hoboken, NJ. Many of the participants are artists that he's worked with for more than two decades. All of them keenly attuned to the willing abandonment of premeditation, but well-versed in the inherent dangers of deliberate sonic free-fall. Knowing the fate that awaits them, they stride forward boldly and briskly, none-the-less.Undaunted by the task ahead -- and at the helm of this mayhem since Day 1 -- the musical director, Irish keyboardist and composer Pierce Turner. His musical cohorts in tow, ever eager to follow wherever the music takes them and deliver whatever the monent necessitates.Clearly, it's the stuff of legends: an all-or-nothing bet at the ultimate musical proving grounds. After a long hiatus away from center stage, casting aside all fear and doubts, Copernicus stands on the threshold of something big.A hero reemerges, and history is made -- as the next chapter of the continuing saga unfolds.
released January 1, 2013
COPERNICUS: poetry, lead vocals, keyboards
PIERCE TURNER: musical director, Hammond B3 organ, acoustic piano, vocals, percussion
LARRY KIRWAN: electric guitar, vocals
MIKE FAZIO: electric guitar
BOB HOFFNAR: steel guitar
RAIMUNDO PENAFORTE: violin, acoustic guitar, bandolin, percussion, vocals
CESAR ARAGUNDI: electric & acoustic guitar
FRED PARCELLS: affected trombone
ROB THOMAS: violin
MATTY FILLOU: tenor saxophone, percussion
MARVIN WRIGHT: bass guitar, electric guitar, percussion
GEORGE RUSH: tuba, contrabass, bass guitar
THOMAS HAMLIN: drums, percussion
MARK BROTTER: drums, percussion
All lyrics by Copernicus. All music spontaneously created by all musicians. (C) Nevermore, Inc. 2009. (P) Nevermore, Inc. (Ski Music Division) 2009. All rights reserved.
Recorded and mixed by James Frazee, at Water Music Studios, Hoboken, NJ, on Novermber 2, 2008.
Mastered by Scott Hull at MasterDisk.
Elton Dean on list last (?) studio recording collaborating with the Belgian prog jazzers The Wrong Object.
What a pity they couldn't continue their common path!
As the formidable Mr MoonJune urges us to listen to the late great Elton Dean, blackmailing by offering this for one lousy buck, we should oblige, but please give a little more ;-)
Fans of Soft Machine / Soft Machine Legacy can't be disappointed by this bold statement! Carsten Pieper